Winter driving accessories

By Kristina Proffitt

Winter is almost here, which means it's time to stock up on cold-weather driving accessories. From windshield covers to all-season floor mats, check out all the accessories you'll need for your car this season.

1. Winter weather emergency kit

One thing every seasoned driver knows is that you can't control the weather. If an accident were to happen during a snowstorm or in frigid temperatures, it's essential to have one of these pre-assembled winter weather emergency kits. They come fully stocked with booster cables, flares, first-aid kit, small shovel, tire chains, gloves, basic tools and more!

2. Heated wiper blades

Are you tired of scraping ice and snow off your windshield on those chilly winter mornings? That can be a thing of the past if you install a pair of heated wiper blades. You can order these online to have them custom-made for your vehicle for around $200/set.

3. Windshield cover

A cheaper way to avoid scraping ice and snow off your windshield is by using an all-season windshield cover. These generally cost around $30 and will keep your windshield frost-free in the winter.

4. Engine-block heater

For drivers living in extremely cold climates in the northern states, starting your car might not be as simple as turning the key in the ignition. Car engines will be extremely cold, especially when left turned off over night. Using an engine-block heater allows you to pre-warm your engine before starting it up in the morning. These heaters provide an extra boost for starting your car by warming the coolant and the oil in the engine, which can prevent engine damage and make sure your car starts on even the most frigid of days.

5. All-season floor mats

Make sure your car's carpet doesn't take a beating this winter and install rubber floor mats to defend against winter sludge. You can remove the floor mats and hose off regularly to avoid ugly stains that can be impossible to remove.

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